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Messiah College field hockey wins first-ever national title

November 23rd, 2016

fieldhockey_webOn Nov. 20, No. 1 Messiah College played through freezing temperatures, wind and snow against No. 3 Tufts University in the NCAA Division III National Championship, and they came away with a 1-0 decision in a penalty shootout that will go down as one of the best games in Division III field hockey history. The win for Messiah secured their first-ever field hockey championship after they previously finished as National Runner-Up on eight separate occasions.

Read more about the historic win here and here.

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Messiah College Falcons to add NCAA Men’s Volleyball in 2017-18

November 18th, 2016

volleyballA new era for Messiah College men’s volleyball is about to begin.

Messiah Executive Director of Athletics Jack Cole announced this week the promotion of the Falcons’ men’s club volleyball team to NCAA Division III status starting in the 2017-18 academic year.

“Messiah College and the Athletics Department are both looking forward to elevating men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate sport,” Cole said on the decision to bring the team to the NCAA level. “The addition of men’s volleyball to our varsity sport lineup will only enhance the opportunities and experiences of our student-athletes, and it will be another way in which we ‘Pursue Athletic Excellence’ and ‘Develop Christian Character.'”

The elevation of the program will increase Messiah’s NCAA sport offering to 23 total teams, and it coincides with the recent growth of men’s volleyball across both NCAA Division III and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Messiah will join Alvernia, Arcadia, Misericordia, Stevenson, and Wilkes as MAC institutions offering men’s volleyball.

Read more here.

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Messiah’s Dr. Raeann Hamon receives scholarship award

October 12th, 2016

_sam9038_editThe National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Dr. Raeann Hamon, Chair of the Messiah College Department of Human Development and Family Science, as the 2016 recipient of the NCFR Felix Berardo Scholarship Award, which is given to an NCFR member whose work has been noted for excellence in mentoring one or more junior colleagues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Messiah College named #1 Best Christian College in the North and receives additional recognition

October 4th, 2016

10-best-christian-colleges-in-north_hpMessiah College recently received outstanding rankings in three key areas by Christian Universities Online.

  • #1 Best Christian College and University in the North for 2017: To calculate this ranking, CUO used publicly available data in the categories of 1)Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate.  You can view the full listing here.
  • Listed in the Top 50 Best Christian Graduate Schools for 2017. You can view the full listing here.
  • #6 in the Top 10 Psychology Degree Programs for 2017. You can view the full listing here.

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Messiah alum named Interim CEO of Ten Thousand Villages

September 28th, 2016

carl-lundblad-624x429Lancaster County-based fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages has named Carl Lundblad, a 1992 Messiah alum, its interim CEO. “Carl’s financial, strategic and organizational expertise, coupled with his energy and mission-driven approach to leadership make him the right person to lead Ten Thousand Villages,” said Ann Batlle, acting chair of the board at Akron-based Ten Thousand Villages.

You can read the full Central Penn Business Journal story here.

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Messiah listed in U.S. News and World Report College Rankings

September 13th, 2016


The 2017 U.S. News and World Report college rankings were released this morning, and Messiah College is proud to announce its place on several lists:

  • Messiah is ranked #4 as the Best Regional College in the North
  • Named #3 Great School, Great Price (among regional colleges in the north)
  • A+ Schools for B Students: Messiah is listed in the top 2 in this category
  • #55 Best Engineering Programs 
  • Messiah is listed on the preview lists under “Programs to Look For” for the categories “Internships/Co-ops” and  “Study Abroad”
  • Messiah appears on the top preview list (16 total) for Regional Colleges with the Most International Students
  • Best Colleges for Veterans: Messiah is ranked #1 on this list

To learn more about U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings, see here.

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Messiah named one of the top 50 most affordable Christian colleges for 2017

September 1st, 2016

50-Most-Affordable-Christian-Colleges-and-Universities-2017-624x429Messiah College was named #43 in the top 50 most affordable Christian colleges and universities by Christian Universities online. The schools on this list have proven to be affordable without sacrificing quality in their programs and resources. In order to be considered in this ranking, each school is either a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or able to be considered member eligible. (Source: Christian Universities Online). 

See the full list of schools on the list here.

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Messiah named #6 best Christian college for visual arts

July 7th, 2016

039_042810Tennison_editChristian Universities Online recently named Messiah College the #6 best Christian college visual arts program.

Ranking Process

This ranking endeavors to highlight Christian colleges and universities who offer the very best in Visual Arts programs. Each institution listed is fully accredited and offer programs with unique features that cause it to stand out among the rest in the field of Christian colleges. This list features Christian college visual arts programs that are in the top tier in terms of the quality, value, and overall educational experience they have to offer.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). We then collected publicly available data for these schools in the following categories: 1) Number of undergraduate and graduate visual art degrees, 2) Faculty-to-student ratio, 3) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 4) Selectivity, 5) Overall retention rate and 6) Overall graduation rate.  The number of degree programs category received a slightly higher weight with all other categories receiving equal weight in calculating the final ranking.

See the full listing here.

Learn more about Messiah’s visual arts programs here.

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Messiah College named the #9 Best Disability Friendly College

June 3rd, 2016

img_7140_hpCollege Choice recently named Messiah College #9 on its “50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges” list. The Office of Disability Services at Messiah College currently supports and accommodates nearly 200 students with physical, psychological and learning disabilities. As they state, “Messiah College is committed, not only to the legal requirements of the ADA but to the moral and ethical responsibility to treat all members of the community with fairness.” One interesting feature of the services offered at Messiah is the creation of an Accommodation Profile (AP) that is negotiated between the Director of Disability Services and the student seeking aid. Common assistance given as a result of the AP may include extended time on exams, proctored exams, note-taking assistance and alternative text forms. These primary services are free while more specialized assistance is available at the expense of the student.

The Methodology

The ranking highlight universities that have strong programming and solid support services for students with needs including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), visual and hearing impairment and those with physical needs that require special access, accommodations, service animals and/or alternative transportation. These exceptional schools are some of the best in the country at committing resources and funding to equipping their students with tools they need to not only become a successful student in the classroom but also a valuable member of the student body as a whole on the campus and in the community. The schools that made the list far exceeded the minimum legal requirements for accessibility and were also evaluated and ranked based on characteristics like academic reputation, student satisfaction, affordability, average financial aid awarded, and return on investment.

See College Choice’s full list and more information about the rankings here.

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Lilly Fellows Program announces Nicholas Sooy as one of ten Lilly Graduate Fellows

May 23rd, 2016


Each year, the Messiah College Alumni Association presents the Donald and Anna Zook Alumni Merit Award to a graduating senior. The faculty selects the recipient based on strength of academic record, maturity of Christian faith and character, and contributions of service, leadership, and reconciliation. This morning, Messiah College is honored to present the 2016 Alumni Merit Award to Nicholas Sooy.

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is a part of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts that supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections among Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar as they pursue graduate degrees in humanities and the arts.

On May 14, Sooy graduated summa cum laude with a double major in philosophy and peace and conflict studies, with minors in psychology and mathematics. His academic accomplishments include leading two directed studies in philosophy of religion, while demonstrating a truly unusual level of creativity, insight and independence of thought.

The ten Fellows were selected by an eight-member selection committee who interviewed sixteen finalists (selected from fifty-six applicants) in April 2016.

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.  The program will select a total of ten cohorts of Graduate Fellows from the current ninety-nine schools that make up the Lilly Fellows Program National Network of Church-Related Schools.  Lilly Graduate Fellows participate in a three-year program in which they meet regularly with a mentor, attend four conferences, participate in a long-distance colloquium, and receive three annual stipends of $3000 ($9000 total) to use at their discretion. For more information on the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, visit

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